Vigils are held in honour of victims
THE girlfriend of London Bridge terror victim Jack Merritt broke down in tears as she attended a vigil in his memory in Cambridge yesterday.
Leanne O’Brien wept and clutched a cuddly toy as she was supported by family and friends at the event, which also honoured fellow Cambridge graduate Saskia Jones.
Mr Merritt, 25, and Miss Jones, 23, were both stabbed by 28-year-old convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event they were supporting in London on Friday.
The Cambridge vigil took place as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn stood side-byside to pay their respects at a separate event at Guildhall Yard in London, observing a minute’s silence alongside members of the public.
The pair were joined by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who called for people to come together following the killings and work for a future “not defined by hatred but defined by hope, unity and love”.
The vigils took place as West Midlands Police said a 34-year-old man arrested in Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts had been recalled to prison due to a breach of his licence conditions.
He has been named in reports as Nazam Hussain, who was jailed with Usman in 2012 for terrorism offences and, like Usman, had been released early on licence after successfully appealing against his original indeterminate sentence.
Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit held him after a search of his home on Saturday.
The force has said there is no information to suggest he was involved in Khan’s attack at London Bridge. Officers had been searching a home in Lindley Street, Stoke, yesterday as part of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism investigation.
A resident, who did not wish to be named, told the PA news agency: “I saw the man who lived there on the first day he arrived.
“He’s been there two months. He had a prison bag with him on the day he arrived and he met with two CID, so I knew it was something serious.
“The police have certainly been there since yesterday, possibly before.”
Khan, 28, also from Stoke, was on licence and wearing an electronic monitoring tag when he launched the London Bridge attack, which injured three others, after he was invited to the prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday afternoon.
The event was organised held by Learning Together, a programme associated with Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology.
The attack has prompted the Ministry of Justice to review the licence conditions of every convicted terrorist released from prison, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said was “probably about 74” people.
Mr Johnson has vowed to take steps to ensure people are not released early when they commit serious offences.
Leanne O’Brien, the girlfriend of Jack Merritt, is comforted by family members during a vigil at The Guildhall in Cambridge
Sadiq Khan, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn take part in the vigil in London